Oklahoma City University (OCU) invites nominations, expressions of interest and applications for the Dean of the School of Law. OCU seeks a new Dean of the School of Law who will partner with the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs. The Dean will be a collaborative leader with the ability to cast a vision for the school. He or she will also have strong administrative and interpersonal skills.
The Law Dean
The new Dean will serve as the chief academic officer and chief administrator of the School of Law and will report to the President. The Dean will ensure the school’s commitment to providing a high-quality education for all students that prepares them for being effective, ethical and competent legal practitioners. He/she will be responsible for overseeing the academic programs of the school to assure the programs meet requirements of the board of trustees, the president and accrediting and membership entities.
The Dean will oversee program review and ongoing assessment of all academics and support programs in the School of Law; will be responsible for assuring
the School of Law is efficiently administering its academic and administrative programs and committees; and will be responsible for building and maintaining relationships within the school and university, with alumni and throughout the greater community. A priority for the Dean is to maintain a presence in local, state, national and international legal/legal education communities. The Dean will represent the School of Law and the university in public speaking opportunities to further enhance the reputation of the university and the School of Law.
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Opportunities and Challenges
• Enrollment Management, Reputation Building and Branding – Develop a unified enrollment management strategy and brand identity, thereby allowing the School of Law to recruit high-caliber students in an increasingly competitive academic/ professional legal environment;
• Fundraising and Revenue Development – Generate stronger external support through fundraising and outreach to friends in the community to grow student scholarships, add staff support, develop faculty and promote student success;
• Emergent Trends and Management Processes – Attend to the emergent trends and best practices in the administration and management of schools/colleges of law and bring an ability to bridge the gap between theory and practice;
• Alumni Engagement – Expand and reinforce relationships between the School of Law and its alumni regionally, nationally and globally;
• Civic Engagement – Broaden relationships with the Oklahoma City community so there is an increased awareness of the value of OCU law students as contributing members to the justice system in the city and in the wider region;
• Communication and Transparency – Foster and promote a culture of open communication, inclusivity, transparency and accountability among faculty, staff and students;
• Budgetary Management – Plan and execute an administrative budget for the School of Law assuring that operations are executed within allocated funding and actively seek additional ways to strengthen the revenue stream;
• University Engagement – Take an active part in campus activities and serve as chair or member of a variety of committees in the school and throughout the university;
• Faculty Development – Oversee hiring, reappointment, promotion and tenure of faculty in accordance with university procedures;
• Diversity Efforts – Develop and implement diversity and inclusion initiatives aimed at enhancing the student experience, the academic programs and the faculty profile of the School of Law.
The successful candidate will possess stellar academic and professional credentials sufficient to engender respect from the academy, the state and the community at large. Preferably, the Dean will display both a successful record as a faculty member and evidence of leadership experience in higher education. The new Dean must understand shared governance and be adept in overseeing faculty and staff. He or she must possess a maturity that allows for a natural exchange of thought with a diverse student body, community partners, alumni and donors.
Qualifications and Experience
The successful candidate should possess:
• A Juris Doctor (J.D.) or other terminal degree in law from an ABA-accredited institution and at least ten years of experience in the teaching and/or practice of law; • A record of successful fundraising experience and a demonstrated skill in partnering with university advancement officers to secure external gifts, grants and funding to support law school programs;
• Demonstrated ability to foster and maintain relationships with external constituencies including donors, alumni and community members;
• Experience with national and international issues affecting legal and graduate education;
• Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to collaborate effectively within the university, the School of Law and the larger legal community;
• A commitment to shared governance with the law school faculty;
• A demonstrated commitment to diversity;
• Knowledge, or a commitment to acquire such knowledge, of the Oklahoma legal environment;
• Knowledge, or a commitment to acquire such knowledge, of budgeting, fiscal management, personnel management, academic planning, program review, strategic planning and problem-solving;
• A deep appreciation for legal scholarship, teaching and service;
• Demonstrated strategic, ethical and effective leadership skills; a proven track record as an innovator;
• Effective communication skills and a high level of integrity and emotional intelligence; the ability to motivate and inspire faculty, staff and students;
• Knowledge of ABA accreditation procedures, practices and standards;
• Strong interpersonal and collaboration skills;
• High level of initiative, sound judgment and problem-solving skills;
• Demonstrated ability to facilitate small and large group discussions;
• Ability to work with diverse constituencies with multiple interests.
The Search Committee will begin reviewing applications immediately and will continue to accept applications and nominations until the position is filled. Submission of materials via e-mail is strongly encouraged. Applicants should provide the following:
- A current CV or resume
- Cover letter describing relevant experience and interest in the position
- List of references (References will not be contacted without your express permission.)
Applications should be submitted through the applicant portal at: https://highereddecisions.com/hedcs/ Nomination letters should include the name, position, and contact information of the nominee and should be submitted to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Jan Asnicar, Partner Storbeck/Pimentel & Associates 913-339-8928 (mobile)
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